The U Street Corridor is a commercial and residential district in Northwest D.C. that represents an intersection of vibrant nightlife, unique shopping, and historical landmarks. The corridor extends along U Street NW from 9th Street on the east at the border of Le Droit Park to 18th Street and Florida Avenue on the west at the border of Adams Morgan. Once the home of Duke Ellington, the U Street corridor was considered the heart of the jazz movement in the early 1900s. Music venues (such as the newly revitalized Howard University Theater and Lincoln Theater) that once hosted jazz greats Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, still offer amazing performances today.
This designated historic district has experienced a dynamic transformation since the late 1990s as an epicenter of D.C. culture and entertainment. It is largely composed of Victorian-era row homes, built in the mid-to-late 1800s (following rapid expansion after the Civil War), newly developed luxury condominium buildings and a variety of commercial spaces. The corridor is very walkable and easily accessed by the U Street / African American Civil War Memorial Metro stop, the Shaw / Howard University Metro stop and multiple bus lines running in all directions. If you’re looking for a vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood to call home, definitely consider the U Street corridor. Did we mention the world-famous Ben’s Chili Bowl is located here?!